Nanaimo Bars

Butter Tart Squares and Naniamo Bars Author: Canadian Living Credits: Butter Tart Squares and Naniamo Bars

Nobody disputes the origin of these treats (Nanaimo, B.C.), but there's always an opinion on the exact ingredients.

  • Portion size 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sweetned flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sweetned shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnut half
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (approx.)
Topping:
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Method

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and egg; stir until combined.

Press crumb mixture into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk until smooth, adding up to 1 tsp (5 mL) more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping:
In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Sodium 97 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 213.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 28 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 28 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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